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Cardiff AMs' call for unity after EU Referendum vote

July 06, 2016 at 4:13 PM

THE four Labour AMs representing Cardiff have called for unity and tolerance of other's views after the EU referendum result and the recent rise in racially motivated incidents.

The city voted strongly in favour of remaining in the EU 60:40 in favour of remaining in the European Union.

'Cardiff is a modern, European, forward-looking city' - Julie Morgan

Cardiff North AM Julie Morgan said: "I'm proud to have represented this city during my political career as a councillor, MP and AM and I believe we are a modern European, forward-looking city.

"The referendum result was obviously not what I had hoped for, and not what 60 per cent of people hoped for, but we now have to pick up the pieces and move forward.

"We need to draw on our strengths as a city – people here have always welcomed having a diverse population and we have a reputation for being one of the friendliest cities in the UK.

"I hope we can all now show tolerance of each other's views while remaining outward-looking and I say to everyone in the city, wherever they come from, let's continue to all live and work together in harmony."

'I am concerned at the increased tension that the Referendum has unleashed' - Jenny Rathbone

Cardiff Central AM Jenny Rathbone said: "Brexit is a cataclysmic decision. We have to accept the outcome and focus on the best deal for Wales. Leave campaigners made many promises that Wales would not lose out as a result of withdrawing from the EU and we need to make sure that happens.

"I am concerned at the increased tension that the Referendum has unleashed and it is important that we remain respectful and welcoming of difference as we are taught in school."

'We must resolve our problems without appealing to prejudice and division' - Vaughan Gething

Cardiff South and Penarth AM, Vaughan Gething, said: "I am really proud to represent my constituency. So many of the people I represent have recent or more historic links to communities in Europe and the wider world. That heritage enriches our city and helps to make Cardiff a great place to live and work.

"I have been appalled at the abuse aimed at some of my constituents during and after the referendum campaign. I know that many people are now concerned and fearful for their future despite having lived and worked in Cardiff for a number of years. It's important that we restate our support for a tolerant and inclusive country that resolves our problems without appealing to prejudice and division."

'Recent spike in reported hate crimes is deeply disturbing' - Mark Drakeford

Cardiff West AM Mark Drakeford said: "I and my Labour colleagues were deeply disappointed by the result of the referendum. However, we must now all come together to try to get the best deal for Wales, holding to account those who promised that we will not suffer financially from exiting the EU.

"The recent spike in reported hate crimes following the referendum is deeply disturbing, and we must speak up louder than ever against divisive intolerance. The rally at the Hayes in Cardiff City Centre on Tuesday evening showed that we who share values of inclusivity and respect are great in number, and we must continue with renewed vigour in our collective ambition of facing up to hate and addressing it head on wherever it occurs."